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Health Authorities Prepare for Ebola in Mexico

Mexico News Daily
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October 10, 2014

Mexico has never seen a case of Ebola before. But for some US politicians worried about a potential outbreak of the deadly virus on American soil, that doesn't matter. (National Journal)

Authorities have developed a series of protocols focused on both prevention and treatment of ebola, a deadly disease that has been spreading rapidly in West Africa.

Training in identification and diagnosis is currently under way for a group of medical professionals, and locations are being identified where someone who has contracted the disease can be admitted and isolated.

The possibility of scanning airline passengers arriving from certain countries, as is being implemented in the United States this week, is also under consideration. That system scans body temperatures as a means of diagnosis, and will be carried out in five major U.S. airports.

Cuitláhuac Ruiz Matus, federal director general of epidemiology, pointed out that the countries that are high risk for ebola have direct flights into the U.S., but none to Mexico.

Some U.S. health authorities suggest temperature scans will do more to calm fears over the disease than actually prevent its spread. One ebola death has already been reported in the U.S.

In Mexico, the new protocols address issues from monitoring anyone who has had contact with someone carrying the disease to ensuring travelers are fully informed of the dangers and symptoms of ebola.

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